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Allen introduced as new head coach

The Raiders introduced head coach Dennis Allen on Monday, with Allen wasting no time in telling people that the talent is in place for the Raiders to win a Super Bowl right away.
Allen, 39, was hired by new general manager Reggie McKenzie last week as the replacement for the fired Hue Jackson.
“I’m going to do everything I can to prove you right and to make you proud,” Allen said right after being introduced by owner Mark Davis.
McKenzie said upon his introductory news conference that he fired Jackson because he wanted to “bring in my guy.” It became apparent early on in the search that Allen was that guy.
“I targeted coach Allen … from the start, “ McKenzie said from the podium he shared with Allen in Alameda.
McKenzie said he became impressed with Allen’s work for the way he switched from the defensive line to the secondary with the New Orleans Saints and transformed the defensive backs in a short period of time.
Last season, Allen was with the Denver Broncos as their defensive coordinator. Under Allen, the Broncos went from the league’s worst defense in 2010 to a much-improved unit.
Denver’s average rank in the four major catetories — points, yards, rushing and passing — was 30th. Under Allen, the Broncos’ composite ranking was 21st.
“What he did in Denver and turned that defense around, it made me take notice,” McKenzie said.
Allen’s pedigree is that of a defensive coach. He played defense at Texas A&M and coached defense in some capacity the past 10 seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, Saints and Broncos.
Allen said he is in the process of putting together his staff. Offensive coordinator Al Saunders is under consideration, he said, as are the remaining coaches from Jackson’s staff.
None of the coaches from Jackson’s staff was present at the news conference, whereas numerous ones were there the day McKenzie was introduced to the media.
McKenzie and Allen have spoken with quarterback Carson Palmer, with McKenzie meeting with Palmer face to face.
Both said they are excited about the prospect of Palmer being the starting quarterback next season.
“He’s excited, and we’re excited for him,” McKenzie said.
Jackson traded for Palmer in the middle of last season after a season-ending injury to starter Jason Campbell.
The Raiders gave up a first- and second-round draft pick to the Cincinnati Bengals to acquire Palmer.
McKenzie said every player will be evaluated in the coming days, including the 20 players eligible to become free agents. That list includes Campbell.
Allen said he will be involved in every aspect of the team. However, he intends to let his coordinators handle the play-calling duties.
Numerous times, Allen talked about fielding a team that will be “smart, tough and disciplined.”
Offensively, the Raiders are going to be “up tempo, run the ball (well) and be explosive in the passing game.”
He spent five years with a Saints team that lit up the scoreboard at a ridiculous pace and amassed yards seemingly at will. Allen stopped short of saying his offense will be modeled after the Saints, but Oakland’s offense will be “fast and aggressive.”
Defensively, “We’re going to be an aggressive, attacking style of defense,” Allen said.
Allen ran the 4-3 scheme more times than not with the Broncos. He envisions the Raiders defense being “multiple,” meaning he will endorse a variety of looks depending upon the players on the roster and the situation.
“I don’t think radical changes are what need to be made,” Allen said of a defense that faltered in numerous games last season. “There’s a talented defense (here), and we got enough players, both on offense and defense, that we can win a championship with.”
Second-year cornerback Chimdi Chekwa was the only active player in attendance at the news conference. He said he is impressed by Allen, though they haven’t met yet.
“I’m very fired up,” Chekwa said. “He seems very passionate. I’m just hoping that the passion leads to some victories.”
Chekwa said he, too, was impressed by what he saw from the Broncos defense last season.
“I’m excited about the new staff and opportunity,” Chekwa said. “Also, he’s a defensive guy, so that gets me even more excited. I saw what he did in Denver with their defense, so this is going to be fun.”

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  • Twocents

    “…but Reggie can barely conjugate a sentence.”
    Well go hire an English professor to evaluate football talent and see how that works.

  • Thec

    DCO will probable be someone that does not have fan name recognition…

  • http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo249/the408RAIDER/749px-I-420svg.png 408RAIDER

    Sup Men? Im excited about the NEW RAIDERS! This is the first real change I’ve experienced as a fan.

  • Thec

    Twocents Says:
    January 30th, 2012 at 6:36 pm
    “…but Reggie can barely conjugate a sentence.”
    Well go hire an English professor to evaluate football talent and see how that works.

    +++++++++++

    hahahahahahahahha…Preach Brother…

  • Thec

    Whats good 8? The org is falling into place…

  • http://nra.org Raider Ray

    Romo sounds like the roids have impaired his speech.

  • djohnnyg

    228.408RAIDER Says:
    January 30th, 2012 at 6:05 pm
    I cant wait to see who gets their walking papers!

    Be careful with that. If he gets rid of all the players wo don’t play hard we may not be able to field a team.

  • Hardline

    Albert #130,

    Sorry Albert, I just came back from having dinner. Shanny (with his fanny) is 92 and 97 post John Elway, contrary to your posting of 92 and 69. Shanny is kinda mediocre, factually; of course someone like you has to twist the facts to represent your belief.

    Shanny may have been 69′ing, but that wasn’t in the win/loss category.

  • http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo249/the408RAIDER/749px-I-420svg.png 408RAIDER

    I hope DA can get Rolandos ass in gear..

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    Twocents Says:
    January 30th, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    “…but Reggie can barely conjugate a sentence.”
    Well go hire an English professor to evaluate football talent and see how that works.

    ==========================================

    WIN.

  • http://nra.org Raider Ray

    Romo just said the league does have it out for the Raiders as regards to penalties. That is real talk.

  • YoungAmerican

    @PGutierrezCSN Paul Gutierrez
    Special teams coach John Fassel leaves @Raiders to join #Rams. Csncalifornia.com

  • http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo249/the408RAIDER/749px-I-420svg.png 408RAIDER

    Thec my brother! The New Day Is Here. We have a GM a new coach all we need is a new stadium in OAKLAND!

  • Hardline

    Twocents, #253

    Twocents, Magic Johnson took speech lessons and it worked fairly well. When he first came to the Lakers and wasn’t famous, he sounded as if they just brought him in from the plantation in the early 1800′s. Now, at least he has a modicum of proficiency and sounds as if he at least graduated from elementary school.

  • da trinity

    Raider chaos, that blog entry was garbage, u got an imagination. Nation its a new era, I don’t give a dam if they leave tradition behind, I just want to win, Al’s way hasn’t worked In a while its time for change. I was glad that when reporters tried to talk about the past, that DA would show respect for the past, but then state that they were going to do things there way. Finally coaches are actually going to coach without the owner meddling.

  • djohnnyg

    244.Thec Says:
    January 30th, 2012 at 6:24 pm
    TP is going to shock and awe for the NATION when he gets the chance… I also look forward to the naysayers back peddling when he does….

    What do you see in Pryor? I’d love to be a believer but what I saw is a guy who really doesn’t make many good throws.

    He’s got moves in the pocket, and out of it. He’s big, he’s fast too, but I did watch a few of his games and wasn’t impressed at all with his passing.

    Don’t we need that in our starting QB?..of the future?

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    da trinity Says:
    January 30th, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Raider chaos, that blog entry was garbage, u got an imagination.

    ========================================

    Yup. Anybody who accepts Mike Silver’s hit piece as the undisputed truth deserves to be paid no mind.

  • Hardline

    408RAIDER, #265,

    Please, stop it the “new stadium” talk. We have been through days of that with a poster by the name of “Lopez.”

    The Raiders couldn’t get a new stadium not matter what considering their ability to bring in revenue and considering their value is 31st in the league.

    The unfortunate legacy of AL Davis.

  • http://nra.org Raider Ray

    See you all later. God bless America.

  • djohnnyg

    264.YoungAmerican Says:
    January 30th, 2012 at 6:42 pm
    @PGutierrezCSN Paul Gutierrez
    Special teams coach John Fassel leaves @Raiders to join #Rams. Csncalifornia.com

    After seeing Eric Decker and Goodman return kicks for TD’s at crucial times and seeing the opposing team have good field position all the time I say “Good Riddance” to Mr. Fassel.

  • Hardline

    djohnnyg, #272

    “After seeing Eric Decker and Goodman return kicks for TD’s at crucial times and seeing the opposing team have good field position all the time I say “Good Riddance” to Mr. Fassel.”

    Amen brother……no great loss….

  • LouisianaRaider

    Racist people suck..GO RAIDERSSSSSS

  • http://raiders.com Albert

    You don’t need Fassel when you have Lechler and Janikowski. Besides, he could never do anything with our punt returning.

  • http://raiders.com Albert

    Hardline, Shanahan was 92-69 as a Bronco coach without Elway. The Redskins don’t count. They suck because of their owner.

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    I liked Fassel, but there’s a dozen Special Teams coaches in the league who could do at least as well…

  • qodrn1

    Every time Cork says “I’d be shocked if so and so leaves” I swear they are out of the door the next day.

    I knew Fassel was a goner!

  • Hardline

    Albert, #276

    Thanks for the update.

  • BewareofRaiders

    Wonder who Allen has in mind for Dc anyone left that is good out there? And if we dont keep saunders(seems like we will) can we get carmichael from the saints as our OC? And i am pushing for Finnegan as our first FA pick up

  • Thec

    djohnnyg Says:
    January 30th, 2012 at 6:44 pm
    244.Thec Says:
    January 30th, 2012 at 6:24 pm
    TP is going to shock and awe for the NATION when he gets the chance… I also look forward to the naysayers back peddling when he does….

    What do you see in Pryor? I’d love to be a believer but what I saw is a guy who really doesn’t make many good throws.

    He’s got moves in the pocket, and out of it. He’s big, he’s fast too, but I did watch a few of his games and wasn’t impressed at all with his passing.

    Don’t we need that in our starting QB?..of the future?

    ++++++++++

    same thing i saw in JFORD and DMOORE…

    He has IT….

  • djohnnyg

    Nothing wrong with DAllen referencing Al Davis, just not the Al Davis of the last decade.

    No one can take away Al’s contributions. Al Davis had a huge part in making the NFL what it is today and that seven year stretch of the organization he built winning 3 Super Bowls in 7 yrs. is a major accomplishment despite how much people wanna take that away from him.

    He just should have given up the reins much earlier.

    His biggest fault in my mind.

  • http://raiders.com Albert

    I don’t think Saunders is staying. Heard Allen on radio, didn’t seem like a vote of confidence.

  • Seymour Bush

    Raidernationdave Says:
    January 30th, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    KoolKell Says:
    January 30th, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    RaiderWeaponX Says:
    January 30th, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Gingrich’s 3rd wife, the blonde trophy one, is hottie for an older broad
    ———————————–
    Yikes.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Oy! She reminds me of that creepy woman in the movie Black Sabbath.

    http://filmconnoisseur.blogspot.com/2010/01/black-sabbath-1963.html
    ============================================

    Or she seems burnt out and toasted like the lead singer of the band Black Sabbath.

  • Twocents

    It is a sorry state of affairs when a black person has to take speech lessons to make money in this country. Make the money and let white people learn to be bilingual.

  • http://raiders.com Albert

    Twocents Says:
    January 30th, 2012 at 6:58 pm
    It is a sorry state of affairs when a black person has to take speech lessons to make money in this country. Make the money and let white people learn to be bilingual.
    ——-
    Are you saying blacks don’t speak English?

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    djohnnyg Says:
    January 30th, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Nothing wrong with DAllen referencing Al Davis, just not the Al Davis of the last decade.

    No one can take away Al’s contributions. Al Davis had a huge part in making the NFL what it is today and that seven year stretch of the organization he built winning 3 Super Bowls in 7 yrs. is a major accomplishment despite how much people wanna take that away from him.

    He just should have given up the reins much earlier.

    His biggest fault in my mind.

    ========================================

    Agreed. If he’d retired in (say) 1990, either Ron Wolf or Ken Herock probably would have taken over. Both of those men later left Oakland, went to other organizations and built teams that went to the Super Bowl (and won, in Wolf’s case).

  • Thec

    Bones can hit the bricks. His special teams gave up key TD’s in the denver game that launched the tebow era, and the last game agaisnt the disc…

    LTR Bones…

  • http://raiders.com Albert

    Today was a good day.
    I’m outta here.

  • Thec

    LTR…1 NATION.

  • http://www.wasRaider75.com wasbanned

    Albert Says:
    January 30th, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Twocents Says:
    January 30th, 2012 at 6:58 pm
    It is a sorry state of affairs when a black person has to take speech lessons to make money in this country. Make the money and let white people learn to be bilingual.
    ——-
    Are you saying blacks don’t speak English?
    ….

    My favorite part was when Reggie said, “I’m not going to reiterate what he said.”

    Then he went on to do exactly that.

    The other one was “logistics” Reggie seemed to stumble on that one a little.

    But hey, Bill Romanowski sounds like he took one too many shots to the head too.

    John Madden sounds like an idiot when he talks, but he is considered a very intelligent football guy.

    I like Reggie. He will do fine. Even if he provides a little comedy during press conferences.

  • Hardline

    I have spent much time watching Pryor’s 2009 season highlight reels. I know they show the best of the best of his performances, and may incur bias. Besides Pryor’s scrambling ability, what really impressed me was his arm. He made at least 30 completed passes where the ball was in the air for 50 yds or more. And these passes were beautiful to behold: high arching over the shoulder, high looping in front of the receiver, etc. all timed perfectly.

    I was watching the 49′ers in the playoffs and noticed one thing about Alex Smith: he always threw a little ahead or a little behind his receiver, (even with no pressure) making the receiver strain to catch the ball, thus the receivers were unable to fully exploit after-catch yardage.

    The throws I saw Pryor make were all thrown and timed perfectly slipping into the outstretched hands of the receiver. These were all 70 plus yds pass plays since the receivers, because of the perfect pass thrown, were able to exploit after-catch yds.

    Frankly, I am unable to understand why most people are down on Pryor saying he can’t throw, when I have seen it with my own eyes. I wouldn’t trust Corky; he bends the truth to save his job, and also has bad judgment: i.e. the Chargers were broken in spirit and would lay down for the Raiders in the last game.

    I am high on Pryor; in all good faith I would like to know why most posters claim he can’t throw.

  • Twocents

    There are numerous dialects in America. Are they English? For sure. Viva the difference.

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    DAMN,JUST WATCHED THE ENTIRE PRESSER.THIS GUY LOOKS WIRED & INSPIRED.GUY HAS A DEATH-STARE THAT MAY COMPETE WITH GRUDEN.POOR FOOL THAT COMMITS 1ST DUMM PENALTY IN CRITICAL SITUATION..GONNA BE FUN 2 WATCH IMO..

  • realtruraider

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgewXcCRqZE

    found this video of seymour, shane, and seabass, and Dawkins, it was after probowl game, they talk a little bit bout Allen.

    just thought I would share, nothing great though, except Seymour saying Kelley is one of the best linemen in the NFL, which I do agree.

  • Hardline

    Twocents, #293,

    Twocents, the tongue is truly mighter than the sword. In this world, any person situated at a high level should be articulate in the prevailing language. That is if that wants to be taken seriously.

    Quit over-thinking it. BTW, you seem very articulate, so why are advocating we go back to caveman times regarding language?

  • J Hill

    Allen said he will be involved in every aspect of the team. However, he intends to let his coordinators handle the play-calling duties.

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    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • RaiderWeaponX

    212. Black Sabbath best rythym section in rock.

  • PlunkforHOF

    realtruraider Says:
    January 30th, 2012 at 7:20 pm
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgewXcCRqZE

    found this video of seymour, shane, and seabass, and Dawkins, it was after probowl game, they talk a little bit bout Allen.

    just thought I would share, nothing great though, except Seymour saying Kelley is one of the best linemen in the NFL, which I do agree.
    *********************************************

    Is Dawkins wearing a Raiders beanie in that clip?

  • ohioraider

    “Numerous times, Allen talked about fielding a team that will be “smart, tough and disciplined.”
    —————————————–
    Bye, bye, and good riddance to “Just Win, Baby.”

  • Twocents

    Hardline, the English language has undergone many changes in America. I just like the diversity and the different ways people express themselves. It comes through in music especially. When the Rolling Stones emulate American blues, how can that not be unifying?

  • djohnnyg

    I am high on Pryor; in all good faith I would like to know why most posters claim he can’t throw.

    I am NOT a Pryor “expert” and I do wanna believe he can be the man, but i have watched a few of his games in their entirety.

    One game was the one against Wisconsin his last yr. up at Camp Randall.

    I watched cuz I was rooting against Wis., and what I saw were wobbly ducks being tossed up frequently, and very few passes on target.

    Granted, Wis. was a tuff team with a very good defense, but so are NFL teams.

    Even in THAT game he did do some good things out of the pocket and ran for a few first downs; he did well in that capacity which is one reason I think he could contribute to the Raiders somehow, but what do you do?, platoon him in with Palmer for the occasional wildcat?

    I’d love for him to prove me wrong.